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Monday, Oct. 20 - Friday, Oct. 24

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Students Helping Honduras: Weekly Bake Sale

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students Helping Honduras hosts a weekly bake sale at the above date and time between the Temple Building and Oliver Hall, and at the same time on Monday, Oct. 27, outside Harris Hall across from Academic Learning Commons. The proceeds and donations will support volunteer trips that build schools in rural villages in Honduras. For more information, contact Christiana Omland at or visit

Fashion for Cancer Breast Cancer Health Forum

6 p.m.

Fashion for Cancer hosts its second annual Breast Cancer Health Forum in the Commons Theater. There will be a special presentation presented by the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, contact Alena Sydnor at

'Alphabet Soup Open Mic Night'

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In honor of LGBTQ History Month, Slam Nahuatl, SAVES (Students Advocating for Violence Education and Support), The Well and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs host "Alphabet Soup Open Mic Night," a creative conversation around LGBTQIA+ identities and experiences, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons III-IV. For more information, contact Saidu Tejan-Thomas at

This week

VCU Libraries presents the Sanger Series Lecture, "Science and the World's Future," in the McGlothlin Medical Education Building. The world badly needs the innovation that comes from continual scientific and technical advances. Both the knowledge and the problem-solving skills of scientists are critical for every nation, no matter how rich or poor. Every society also needs a "scientific temper," the type of rationality and tolerance that stems from the central values of science: honesty, generosity, an insistence on logic and evidence and a respect for all ideas and opinions, regardless of their source of origin. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (804) 828-0593 or visit

The School of Nursing's "Update on Ebola" presentation has been canceled. For more information, contact Fay Parpart at or (804) 380-8982.

To celebrate National Food Day, the Office of Sustainability, Green Unity and the Wellness Resource Center present a screening of the "Growing Cities" documentary and a discussion in the Commons Theater. This film is about urban farming and how to improve our cities and how we eat. For more information, contact Katherine Vatalaro Hill at or (804) 827-0231 or visit

Be the Match on Campus hosts a bone marrow registry drive in the University Student Commons, Commons Theater. People between the ages of 18 and 44 and in generally good health are eligible to join with a simple cheek swab. Bone marrow donors could be the match for someone whose only possible treatment is a bone marrow transplant. For more information, contact Laura Gariepy at or visit

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness month, the School of Nursing's Cultural Action Committee hosts a panel discussion on domestic violence awareness in the School of Nursing, Student Lounge. The panelists will discuss caring for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, services in the Richmond area and individual attitudes toward intimate partner violence. Panelists include Candace Burton, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor at the School of Nursing; Kaylin Tingle, LGBTQ violence prevention health educator at the Wellness Resource Center; Caitlin Shifflett, trauma care social worker at VCU Medical Center; and Fatima Smith, director of community outreach and public education/RHART coordinator at the YWCA of Richmond. For more information, contact Candace Burton at or (804) 828-3681.

The School of Business presents the 20th annual International Business Forum, "Doing Well, While Doing Good: The Full-Story Behind Corporate Social Responsibility" in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms, followed by a reception in the atrium of Snead Hall. Van Wood, Ph.D., professor of marketing and Philip Morris Chair of International Business, School of Business, will moderate the panel featuring experts from Altria, Capital One, Ford Motor Co. and Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Van Wood, Ph.D., at or visit

VCU Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU present “Asthma Management” as part of its educational fall seminar series at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Michael Schechter, M.D., chief of pulmonary medicine, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, will talk about asthma management and how to keep healthy during cold and flu season. Free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Light dinner will be provided. Register using the contact information below. For more information, contact Shira Pollard at or (804) 828-7035.

VCU Music professors Rex Richardson and Doug Richards celebrate the dual release of their CDs at The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St. Tickets are available at and are $8 student; $10 general admission; and $12 at the door. For more information, contact Rex Richardson at or visit

VCUarts Department of Graphic Design presents its fall 2014 "Objects + Methods Lecture Series" in the Pollack Building, Room 321. The lecture will feature Ashley Pigford from Newark, Delaware, and Tricia Treacy from Boone, North Carolina. For more information, contact Anne Graves at or (804) 382-2377.

Coming up

Massey Cancer Center invites all patients, survivors and caregivers to join Elizabeth Miller, R.D., C.S.O., who will present tips and provide recipe ideas for those dealing with cancer-related chewing and swallowing issues in the Linen-Powell Patient Resource Library, on the ground floor of North Hospital. Registration is not required, but space is limited. For more information, contact Heather Martin at

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research hosts a workshop titled “Best Practices for Incorporating Patient Perspectives into Research” in the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom. Suzanne Schrandt, deputy director of Patient Engagement, PCORI, will discuss the benefits of using patient-centered outcomes, strategies for engaging patients in the research process and the importance of patient engagement in PCORI funding priorities. R.S.V.P. using the contact information below. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon at or (804) 827-1519.


Update on Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses: Information Sessions To Be Held

Same-sex spouses became eligible for coverage in the State Health Benefits Program when Virginia began recognizing same-sex marriages on Monday, Oct. 6. Eligible faculty and staff can now also purchase optional group life insurance for same-sex spouses. Employees already married to a same-sex spouse and covered by optional group life insurance have until Wednesday, Nov. 5 (the first 31 days of Virginia marriage recognition), to add a spouse to their coverage without medical approval for the guaranteed issue amount. Human Resources will hold information sessions to help eligible faculty and classified staff learn more about same-sex spouse eligibility for coverage in the employee health benefits, life insurance and long-term care insurance programs, and how to make coverage changes due to this eligibility. These sessions are open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. Sessions will be held on the MCV Campus on Thursday, Oct. 23, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in McGuire Hall Annex, 1112 E. Clay St., Room B-20, and on the Monroe Park Campus on Friday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the HR training facility, 922 W. Grace St., Room 115. To register for the Oct. 23 session, visit To register for the Oct. 24 session, visit For more information, contact VCU Benefits at or (804) 828-1723 or visit

Time to Order Regalia for December Commencement

VCU's December Commencement exercises are Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Faculty participating in the ceremony will wear academic apparel. Regalia must be ordered by Friday, Nov. 7. For more information on how to order, visit For more information, contact Jessica Bello at or visit

Intersession 2014-2015 Schedule Now Available

VCU Winter Intersession 2014-2015 courses run from Tuesday, Dec. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. In person registration begins on Monday, Oct. 27. A full list of courses offered can be found through Banner by selecting the "Spring 2015" semester and "Intersession" in the attribute type box, or by visiting the website below. For registration through eServices, interested students must follow the Spring 2015 Advanced Registration dates. For more information, contact Melissa Koch at or (804) 827-4586 or visit

ALT Lab Teaching Fellows Program

ALT Lab accepts proposals for the 2015 spring semester. The ALT Lab Incubator Classroom in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 4110, is a state-of-the-art space designed to support innovative practice. Faculty interested in teaching in a modern and flexible learning space are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Enoch Hale at or (804) 828-4798 or visit

MCV Campus' 'Medicovan' Completes Digital Collection on VCU Pubs

"Medicovan," the monthly newsletter for the MCV Campus from 1948-73, has been added to VCU Libraries' digital collection VCU News Publications. This collection also includes VCU Today, VCU Voice, VCU News, and UniverCity News, all official university news sources. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

Spit for Science: Call for Spring 2015 Survey Content

Spit for Science is a longitudinal study of college behavioral health, with questionnaires administered to all participants each spring. Currently, there are more than 9,000 students enrolled. Faculty members and trainees with interests in college behavioral health outcomes can submit items for consideration for inclusion in the upcoming spring surveys. All submissions must be received by Friday, Oct. 31. Guidelines are available at For more information, contact Kimberly Ailstock at or visit

Fall Issue of 'The Compass' Newsletter

The Fall 2014 issue of "The Compass," an e-newsletter developed by the Integrity and Compliance Office to inform employees about ethics and compliance issues in higher education relevant to VCU, is now available. This issue looks at assessing risk, ethical decision making and a new policy communication tool. Access the newsletter at For more information, contact Ashley Greene at or visit

Low Back Pain?

Are you between the ages of 18 and 50 and having an episode of low back pain? If you have had pain for more than 24 hours, but less than 4 weeks, you may qualify. We are currently recruiting participants for a research study to evaluate pain sensitivity during an episode of low back pain. Eligible volunteers will receive up to $125.00 (maximum of 5 visits) along with parking vouchers or bus passes at each visit. For more information please contact the study line at 804-628-8262. For more information, contact Amy Heineman at or (804) 628-8262 or visit

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